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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

I attended a session of a priest. He described how eating non-veg food is disfavoured in Hinduism. He told us that a verse of Bhagavad-Gita says that eating non-veg food is evil. Priest: If you eat ...
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Should a Brahmin be vegetarian?

Is there something in scriptures which compels a Brahmin to be a pure vegetarian or can he eat non-vegetarian food if his health forces him to do so?
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What are Tamasic, Rajasic and Sattvic foods?

In Hinduism, food is categorized into Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic, or combination of them. What does these categories signify? Can anyone consume food from any of these categories? Are there any ...
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Eating beef as a Hindu

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I have always believed that Lord Rama was a vegetarian, but after reading certain blogs I found out that there might be certain verses in Ramayana (like the one below) which indicate quite the ...
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

Usually, we pray before having food. Are there any mantras which should be chanted before taking food? If such mantras exist, do they differ according to the meal e.g., breakfast, lunch and supper?
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Why can Tulsi leaves only be picked on certain days?

I've heard that it is not allowed to pick the leaves of a Tulsi plant on certain days such as Dwadasi among others. This is why Acharyas advise against using store-bought Tulsi in offerings. Which ...
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise? [duplicate]

A recent photograph of some Hindu protesters demanding a ban on beef and other non-vegetarian food made me sit and take notice of the Vedas. I believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their ...
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How to wash away sin after unconsciously consuming non-vegetarian food?

If any person unconsciously consumed non-vegetarian food and later learned that he/she has done so, is there any provision in Hindu religion to wash that sin?
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Generally, Hindus are vegetarian. They avoid mamsah i.e flesh of animals like meat, fish - because it means their suffering and death. Some avoid eggs also. Atleast it is very limited, and they don't ...
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Which Scriptures mention “Chitrahuti” (चित्राहुति) or “Chitravati” procedure which we carry out before starting of our meals?

Chitrahuti (चित्राहुति) Or "Chitravati", is a procedure of keeping small amount of food out side of the plate on the floor , as offering to "Chitra ,Chitragupta and Yama (चित्रा , चित्रगुप्त , यम) ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after? What were his views on consumption of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food? PS. Please ...
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“Once Yogi, Twice Bhogi, Thrice Rogi” — What should be the number of meals per day?

There is a famous saying in Hindi, which translates to: "In a day -- A person in Yoga (Yogi - SAtvika) eats 1 time, A Consumer (Bhogi - RAjasika) eats 2 times and and a Sick (Rogi - TAmasika) ...
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., ...
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What food is suggested for Yogi?

For spiritual progress I want to know the role of food intake. Which type of food is suggested in scriptures for one who want to approach the path of Yoga? In other words, do Shastras recommend or ...
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Why are some food items advised against by the Vedas?

The Vedas teach Hindus to avoid some food items. The list includes not only non-vegetarian food but also old food items in the vegetarian categories too (older in this sense means food items which are ...
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why are eggs not consumed in hinduism [duplicate]

Many of my friends are Hindus and most of them are pure vegetarians. I respect that nature but when coming to the matter of an egg, they say that eating an egg is just like killing a living thing, ...
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Why do some Hindus, especially brahmins, not eat onion or garlic?

I have been with some Brahmins, and I was told that along with meat, they are also prohibited from eating onions and garlic. I can understand the meat prohibition because of cows, but what is the ...
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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

Quoting from the Agni Purana, as found on this page, while discussing the proper conduct of students (brahmacharis), it is stated that: The first stage in life is that of brahmacharya (student-hood)...
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Why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas?

I'm confused that why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas? What is the relation of not eating non-veg in Shravan Maas? What is the relation of ...
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Is consuming non vegetarian food allowed in case of survival?

Is non vegetarian food allowed to be consumed in case of survival? Is there any reference in the ancient scriptures?
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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Why is salty food and food from grains not consumed in Fasting?

Foods that have salt and ones that are made from grains or pulses are not supposed to be consumed during fasting. What is the reason for such a practice?
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Are onion and garlic recommended in Ayurveda?

I have learnt that the followers of ISKCON preach that onion and garlic should not be consumed as once god took Rohini awtar and beheaded someone, so from the blood of him onion originated and from ...
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Can food which are proven to increase sexual libido be considered “Tamasica”?

One of tamasic food is food that has ''sedative effect on the body''. Now this can mean libido boosting food can be said to be Tamasic. Tamasic food such as onions, garlic and meat are indeed libido ...
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Which scripture mentions the prohibitions on food consumption in Chaturmas?

The term Chaturmasya means four months. The term Chaturmasya Vrata is a Vrata to be observed for a period of four months. The Poornima (full moon day) in the month of Ashadha is called ‘Guru Poornima’...
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What is chitta ? How can we purify it to make our life and afterlife peaceful?

How should we purify chitta so that our death and time after death can't be harmful or full of suffering for us. How someone can get peace with it?
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Which scriptures say that eating rice mixed with milk at night increases one's life span while eating curd at night decreases it?

This page makes the following claims: The following five things reduce the span of our life viz morning sun light falling on our body, the smoke from corpse touching us, love making with older ...
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Is Paan considered Sattvic? [duplicate]

Is the consumption of Paan leaf allowed under the rules of a Sattvic diet, or is it prohibited? Does it matter how it is prepared, or what other ingredients are used?
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Do Hindus consume milk products?

I thought people from India, partly due to Hinduism being widespread, would be vegetarian or even vegan. But I've recently been to an Indian restaurant and even though cow meat was not on the menu as ...
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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Materials to be avoided during Chatur Masa Vrata?

What are the materials should be discarded each month in this 4 month vrata period? Like dal,cumins,milk, curd etc, Vegetable, fruits.